Monday, January 28, 2008

Browsing Through Books

I love bookstores. I could probably live in one so long as it had a cafe. Luckily, most of them do. Big stores like Barnes & Noble and Borders allow guests to sit for hours reading anything they find in the store. But really, is it acceptable to fall asleep in the chairs? I know they are cozy, but sheesh! Do I really want to hear you snore while I am trying to shop? But I digress...

"Local Interest" is my favorite section to browse. Tonight I started mapping out my trip I want to take to the Imperial Valley.

There are so many tour guides and travel books about all the different regions of the state, but very few mention Felicity, the Official Center of the World. You would think having such a significant meaning the town would receive more mention.

Over 1,100 miles to get from home, to Yucca Valley, to Felicity, the Salton sea, and El Centro. I wonder how good GPS reception is in BFE CA.

After reading through all those travel guides, it was nice to sit down to look through some fiction: Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson. I sure do like that main character. And after all that, I ended up buying a large book on making beaded jewelry. It's like all the aspects of my life weave together like an episode of Seinfeld.

Craft Time

One of my favorite hobbies is crafting. I love flashy jewelry and will often make my own necklaces and bracelets. I like having the freedom toc choose my own colors and patterns, and to make accessories that match outfits currently in my wardrobe.

My wardrobe consists of a lot of pinks and greens. Luckily they are colors that work well together.

My bucket of happiness.

"Hangin' Around" making my necklaces.

Another bucket of happiness.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Important Ingredients

Grocery shopping is not my favorite chore. I usually shop on the weekend afternoons, when it is the most crowded. There is some compensation, however, when I can find myself some yummy treats.

Honey in a bear-shaped bottle. I love it!

Honey bunches of oats!

Valentine's Day is coming up and the store had a section of cards and candy. Here is a box of candy that has a bear attached to it. Isn't that sweet?

Singin' in the Rain

Ths season has been a wet one, which is good for me. My plum and cherry trees really need the water.

I enjoy walking and playing in the rain. Splashing in pudles is fun, but I really hate wet feet. Thank goodness I can keep my feet dry with my stylish rain boots.

No Hi-BEAR-nating for me.

Many bears hibernate all winter long. Living in California, with all her breathtaking scenery and natural resources, I would rather get in on the action and have fun.

Ice skating is one of my favorite activities. Here I am skating at the Winter Lodge in Palo Alto. It is an outdoor rink, open from October through April. Some years the employees have trouble laying the ice in September because of the heat. This is probably one of the few places people can skate in sunglasses and shorts!

This was a cold and rainy night. I'm glad I had my earmuffs to help keep me warm.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Believe... in Holiday Magic

This year Christmas was spent in Disneyland, the Merriest Place on Earth. If anyone knows how to decorate for the holidays, it's Disney. From the giant tree in Town Square, the baubles and poinsettias scattered around the resort, the millions of lights or the snow on Sleeping Beauty's Castle it is a breathtaking sight.

Some of the rides are even decorated. It's a small world becomes Joy to the World, showcasing traditions and decorations from different parts of the world.

The ToonTown tree

Where's Califia?

At night time, Sleeping Beauty's Castle becomes enchanted with crystal snow and glistening snowflakes.

Chillin' in the hotel, wearing my Christmas jammies.

Grizzly Mountain:

Redwood Creek area - different bears accessorize the area.

Yo-Ho, Yo-Ho... I got to go on my favorite ride! And I was so thrilled to find pirate ears in my size!

"If I weren't a fan of Goofy, why would I be wearin' this hat?"

The Sailing Ship Columbia sails the Rivers of America, looking for pirates and other sea-faring people.

And that's it for my holiday Disneyland vacation. There is no better way to end a year and begin a new one. Here's to a fa-bear-lous 2008 and many more magical moments.